Writing Circles for Healing
creative writing for self-awareness and healing
Writing can help us heal through tapping into our own
inner wisdom and guidance.
Using a simple technique of spontaneous free writing, we unlock our intuition and dive down to our deepest feelings. We gain fresh perspectives and new insights. We may be surprised at what flows out on the page and we may be surprised by the resonance we feel as others share what they have written. We experience creative rejuvenation and we recognize and celebrate our strengths. We discover an ability to meet our challenges and our journey of healing is undertaken with courage and hope.
Healing is a process and we can encourage this process through writing.
By sharing our stories and listening to each other with empathetic, focused attention, we validate our experiences. We realize that we are not alone.
These writing circles are not therapy sessions and I am not a therapist. I am an experienced, devoted writer who uses writing for my own self-awareness. I believe that writing is a way to accentuate our innate ability to heal.
By practicing self-reflective, intuitive writing and then sharing our stories, we experience commonality, connection, meaning, and wholeness. Transformation comes from understanding both the positive and the negative aspects of our experience as we delve deeper into its significance and find hope, grace and renewal.
Story as Medicine
From Clarissa Pinkola Estes quoted in Radiance Magazine:
"In this tradition a story is 'holy,' and it is used as medicine. The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again."
photo by Nazara Matos